Tech – Madhur Kapoor’s Blog Technology, Software Reviews, Tutorials, Vista Tips, Windows Tips Thu, 08 May 2014 16:13:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Online Storage Wars Wed, 16 Nov 2011 15:19:27 +0000 Although online data storage services probably aren’t interesting enough subjects for a reality TV show, like their real life counterparts in the form of Storage Wars and like shows, they are as critically important to business workflow at home and at the office. The ability to be able to backup and sync data, share it in multiple file formats and across multiple platforms, and implement changes in real-time is extremely important for most professionals who work in a tech environment. That said, before selecting an online storage tool, it’s important for you to know how much space you will need, what file formats will be involved, and what devices you will using to access the service.

Cloudme (previously known as iCloud) is fairly similar to Dropbox in that it also uses cloud computing in order to fuel both data storage and syncing. Cloudme offers 3 GB in the free version, and 100 GB in its premium version. The service also allows users to add on features to its already Microsoft Office/social networking-like tableau of services. This means you could plug in a phone number lookup web application to your plan if you needed. offers 5 gigs for free, as well as features that make it easier to share file urls. But it doesn’t have access to Linux, which irks some users. Another drawback is the limited amount of storage per file. Additionally, only business accounts have the ability to sync files, which means that service isn’t free.

Dropbox, which probably enjoys the most name recognition of the bunch, offers 2GB of free storage (though premium users can wield 100 GB total). Dropbox taps cloud storage to allow users to share files across the Internet, which is why the service is popular both as a data storage and syncing service. As far as devices, Dropbox would appear to have the upper hand, as it is accessible from almost any device or client. Almost all file formats can be synced here, but as a drawback music can only be stored and transmitted, not played directly.

SugarSync, another service that specializes in data synchronization, gets you 5 free GB and the ability to sync with an impressive variety of mobile devices.

Crashplan offers offline access, which is another factor to consider, as some services can’t be accessed and utilized without an Internet connection. Crashplan also has the ability to gain access to files that are in use by another system. This can be crucial if multiple people are using the files simultaneously.

Skydrive gives you 25 GB of space but with restricted file types and relatively slow speeds that aren’t compatible with XP. If that’s your operating system, Skydrive isn’t for you!

As you can see, there are a windfall of services that allow you to store and sync data files, both online and offline. Weeding through the various restrictions and details of each could take some time but is probably worth the trouble, as it’s important to know what you can and can’t do with your data once you’ve backed it up.

Rapidshare Contest Winners Announcement Sat, 23 May 2009 12:27:35 +0000 Sorry for the delay in the announcement of the winners for the Rapidshare contest. Validating each entry took a bit of time. All the valid entries along with the points they had were mentioned in a list which was randomized and each was assigned a unique number. Three random number were picked out by and the winners were selected based on that. Before announcing the winners, i would like to thank all of you for participating.

Here are the Winners

  • Garry – Wins a Free Rapidshare Premium Account for 180 days
  • Raju – Wins a Free Rapidshare Premium Account for 90 days
  • Vaibhav – Wins a Free Rapidshare Premium Account for 30 days.

I will be sending a mail to each winners individually. Once again, i would like to thank all the participants and congratulations to the three winners. I will be having more contests here in the future. Do subscribe to the feed so that you don’t miss them.

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Windows 7 System Requirements Sat, 02 May 2009 05:34:11 +0000 Microsoft has released the Windows 7 RC for the Technet subscribers and it will also be released for the general public next week. Microsoft has also released the Windows 7 System Requirements for the Windows 7 RC. While Windows 7 is scheduled to release later this year, it will not be much different from the RC and the system requirements will almost the identical.

Here are the minimum system requirements that Microsoft released.

  • 1GHz processor (32- or 64-bit)
  • 1 GB of RAM (32-bit); 2 GB of RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB of available disk space (32-bit); 20 GB of available disk space (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

If you are also planning to run Windows XP mode along with Windows 7, Microsoft has recommended at least 2GB of RAM and 15 GB of additional disk space. The system requirements are final and not SKU specific. It looks like most of the system will be able to run Windows 7 and the requirements are also not much different from that of Windows Vista.

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Get Free Windows 7 Beta Product Key Sat, 10 Jan 2009 15:55:34 +0000 In the last post, i mentioned the Direct Download links of Windows 7 Beta using which you can download Windows 7 beta instantly. However, the product key was still not available from the Microsoft site. The guys at Neowin have found a way using which you can get the Windows 7 Beta product key instantly.


Here is what you have to do

  • Go to Technet Downloads Page. Sign in at the Top Right with your windows live id
  • In the same page , type the following in the address bar  “” (for 64 bit key ) or “” ( for 32bit key ). If you get an error, try this a few times.
  • If it doesn’t work, try clearing the cache and temp files of your browser

Windows 7 Beta key

Do try this. It works perfectly. Get yours now before it ends

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Windows 7 Beta Direct Download Links Sat, 10 Jan 2009 15:13:18 +0000 Microsoft released the Windows 7 Beta yesterday but Microsoft’s servers were unable to handle all the load so Microsoft removed the Download link. And today when I tried to download Windows 7, I got this message

Thanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal — we’re in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We’re sorry for the delay and we’ll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience.

But Thanks to Haris from Sizzledcore, I was able to get the direct download links of Windows Beta 7 (build 7000.0.081212). You can download the 32bit and 64bit beta versions from these locations.

Direct Download Links

After downloading the Beta version from these locations, you can get the key from Windows 7 Beta download page when it gets available. The Key will be given to first 2.5 million users.

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Jailbreak iPhone 2.2 with Quickpawn and Pwnage Tool Mon, 24 Nov 2008 07:43:03 +0000 iphone_home

A couple of days ago, Apple released the official 2.2 update for the firmware. Just two days after its release, the iPhone Dev Team has released the jailbreak of the firmware. The iPhone Dev Team has released the QuickPwn and Pwnage for 2.2 firmware for Windows and Mac.

For instructions on how to do this and the download link, you can visit there blog post mentioning the same. The team is still working on ways to unlock the iPhone 3G but it has been quite difficult sue to the baseband technology. However, it looks like that too might become available very soon.

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Firefox Gets the “Porn” Private Mode Wed, 05 Nov 2008 08:58:39 +0000 pb_1

One of the main features that almost all the latest browser like IE 8 , Chrome etc have in common is the “Private” browsing mode or the “Porn” mode. However, Firefox 3 was missing this feature and Firefox 3.1 beta 2 which will be released for the general public soon will have this feature.

Private Browsing will enable users no the leave a trace of there browsing activities. To use this feature, users will have to go to Tools –> Private Browsing. The Privacy mode will then start and nothing a user does will be saved by Firefox. To close the Private Browsing mode, users can just uncheck the Private Browsing option and the non private window will then open.

The mode will be there in the final release of Firefox 3.1.

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Adobe AIR beta for Linux is out Wed, 17 Sep 2008 08:27:34 +0000 2034394938_9e36bcefe2 Adobe has released the beta version of there Adobe AIR for Linux.  AIR is a cross platform runtime using which developers can create rich Internet applications which just sit on your desktop.

The list of distributions which it supports are Ubuntu 7.10, Fedora 8and OpenSuse 10.3.  The Linux version has almost all the features except support for DRM and badge installations. There is now support for system tray, keyboard shortcuts, localization multi-monitor support etc.

AIR has become very famous since it was launched with applications such as Twhirl becoming quite famous. The Linux version can be downloaded from here.

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